It may be slightly odd posting a Bose audio sunglasses review in a health and fitness blog. But, these frames have become a staple in my everyday fitness life, specifically on my daily walks.
I decided to splurge and buy Bose frames one night when I realized I haven’t actually bought any “toys” for myself in a long time. After I purchased them, just like most Bose products, I soon realized just how amazing they were, starting with thoughts like, “how on earth did they get these to sound so damn good?” This is the smallest audiosystem Bose has ever put into a product.
I own at least 5 different Bose products, but I didn’t really have any specific expectations for these Bose rondo sunglasses, I guess cause they’re just frames, right? What can you really expect? They’re pricey, but I got them at a super discount. They were $50 off for one weekend and I just went for it.
Here are the details:
Product: Bose Audio Frames
Cheapest Place To Buy: Bose.com
My Rating: 9 out of 10
After owning these for a half year now, and using them daily, I can confidently give you 5 reasons I believe they’re a fantastic buy. Let’s get to them.
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1) Great Quality Frames
I wasn’t sure what was more important to write about first – the sound of these, or the quality of them. I’ll start with the quality cause after all, we are walking around with sunglasses on our faces for the world to see.
A friend told me I look like Johnny Depp wearing these. Okay, I don’t think that’s true, but I think what he meant was the shape of these rondo frames on my face remind him of Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I had to look it up and he’s got those round sunglasses on in that movie. But his are insane. These are not.
As I just mentioned, the frames I purchased are Bose Rondo version. If I had a choice to buy them again, I’d probably go with Alto, just cause I like the angular shape of those a bit better, and those are the kind of sunglasses I normally buy anyway. I didn’t even realize there were two options when I made my purchase.
These are sturdy, comfortable to wear, and feel like very nice quality sunglasses. The frames themselves are scratch and shatter resistant. They’re slightly transparent nylon frames. The hinges are plated in gold and stainless steel. They also block out 99% of UVA/UVB sun rays. Also, you can get a prescription for these if you wear glasses.
I’m notorious for losing sunglasses, so I guard these in a very special drawer in my room at all times, so that never happens.
As of this writing, Bose has 5 different frames to choose from.
- Bose Frames Tenor
- Bose Frames Soprano
- Bose Frames Tempo
- Bose Frames Alto
- Bose Frames Rondo
You can use Bose’s virtual try on feature at their site to see exactly how they’d look on you too.
2) Impressive Sound Quality
While these will not replace headphones by any means, they are great for what they are – audio sunglasses. It took me about a week of wearing them to finally realize that I had to stop comparing these to headphones. That’s not what they are.
The way I look at them now is like a mini stereo system playing in your head. Does that sound weird? No one else walking around you can hear what you’re hearing. And while I wear these, because there’s nothing in your ears, it almost feels like you’re just walking down the street with a soundtrack playing in mid-air.
Speaking of soundtracks, I don’t really listen to music on them like I did when I first bought them. But you definitely can. As a musician who has worked on various records in different studios, I feel that I have a solid understanding of the spectrum of sound. I was pretty surprised at how well these frames were able to capture lows and highs of music.
But I was disappointed when I first wore them, to realize they don’t blast music like earbuds do! Then as time went on, I realized, well, wait a second, what was I expecting? These aren’t earbuds. They’re sunglasses.
And, I DO still listen to them with music playing, but it depends on the situation. If I want to blast music, I use my stereo or my earbuds, but if I want music playing not so loud while at the beach and I know friends want to talk to me too, I might use them in that situation.
It’s kind of cool actually, cause no one can hear what you’re hearing, and you get to hear music while being a part of your friend group at the same time.
AUDIOBOOKS & PODCASTS
These frames are EXCELLENT for audio books. If you listen to podcasts or audio books, you definitely won’t be disappointed. Every day on my walk, I listen to YouTube audios, audio books, and sometimes even meditations.
I think this may be one of the main reasons I decided to keep these rather than return them because they didn’t blast music as loud as I wanted them to.
You’ll clearly hear the audio of any book or podcast, and when you get used to wearing these, it’s like you’re just listening to people talking in mid-air, cause it’s easy to forget that the sound is coming from these frames.
If you use these Bose frames to talk on the phone, which by the way, they work fantastically for phone calls, you’re going to look a little nutty. At least when you’re wearing headphones, people can tell that you’re on the phone using earbuds.
But with these, you just look like you’re talking to yourself, cause it’s just you and the sunglasses on. If you don’t mind appearing to be slightly crazy, then that shouldn’t be a problem at all. The quality of the phone calls you make with these are great. You can expect crisp and clear conversations.
DOES EXTERNAL NOISE DROWN OUT THE SOUND?
I live in Chicago, and if I’m wearing these on a walk while the Blue Line train passes by, then it’s going to drown out the sound from the sunglasses almost completely. I just pause them and wait for the train to pass. It’s no different than if you walked into a crowd of people at a festival or something like that. In a case like that, then you need earbuds.
Think of it this way. If you were just carrying a boombox on your shoulder, that would be drowned out too if you walked into a super noisy area. I compare these to a stereo system or a boombox in the sense it’s’s how sound changes when you’re wearing them.
You could be sitting at an outdoor party with friends on a patio while grilling, and you could just turn the sound down. What that would do is allow you to hear the music playing in the background while hanging out with your friends at the same time. And, in a situation like that, music is actually perfect for these, cause it plays in the background. This is why I compare it to a soundtrack playing in your head. It’s sort of hard to explain in any other way.
3) They’re Cool & Different
I totally understand if you don’t feel this is a valid reason to buy audio frames, but I love to invest in new technologies that other people don’t have yet. It’s probably one of the main reasons I bought these as soon as I saw that deal online.
I don’t know anyone else who has audio sunglasses, and I’ll tell you, I’ve been stopped on the street and had to pause for a moment and tell the person, “sorry I’ve got to turn down these sunglasses”. That right there starts up a conversation pretty fast. “Turn down your sunglasses? What are you talking about?”
Here are 3 features I love about these frames.
TINY BOSE SPEAKERS
The speakers are positioned on both sides of the frames to point sound towards you and away from other people. This is designed so others cannot hear what you’re hearing. These are designed so that you can continue interacting with the world around you as you normally would while at the same time being able to listen to music, podcasts, audio books, or whatever you want.
There’s a cute tiny little button underneath the front of the right arm of the frames that does a whole lot. You can use it to change volume of whatever you’re listening to, pausing the music, accept or reject phone calls, and power on and off the frames. Use the button to access Siri or Google assistant too. I personally love the volume changing aspect of it. You push the button down and turn your head to the right to turn volume up. You turn your head to the left to turn the volume down. You can do all this without ever touching your phone.
I love the charging port of these frames. It’s a little magnetic bar that sticks to the right arm of your frames, and they charge within a few hours. I’d say these last me at least 4 to 5 days of 90 minute walks before I have to charge them again. And when they need to be charged, Siri warns you.
4) Pay In 4 Equal Payments With Bose Pay
I mentioned this in my Bose Sports Earbuds review, but it’s worth mentioning again, cause without this option, these frames can really be out of many people’s budget.
I didn’t pay for these with Bose Pay, but when I bought my earbuds, I did, and I plan to buy more Bose products in the future, so I’ll definitely use Bose Pay from now on, cause it’s a very convenient way to pay in installments every 2 weeks.
There’s no interest, and Bose doesn’t do any kind of credit check either, so you can literally buy them today and make your first payment of somewhere between $30 – $40. You’d do this in 4 installments, and then you’d be done.
That was one of the best experiences when I bought my Soundsport earbuds from them.
5) Unique Customer Service Experience
I don’t know another company that has text support exactly the same way Bose does. In fact, I’d really like to understand the technology they use to get this done. I’ve got an iPhone and when I texted support, their logo showed up in my phone text messages
Their text support allows you to bypass a phone call and also allows you to bypass chat support on their site. You can literally get all your support via text messages if you want to. But if you prefer a phone call or chat support, you can do either one of those as well.
BTW – Bose Frames support number is 1-800-901-0829.
My experience with their support was fantastic. Although I didn’t need support for my Bose rondo sunglasses, I did need support for my Sports earbuds, and after troubleshooting failed, they quickly sent me a replacement without hesitation.
When it comes to buying expensive products like Bose or even sports equipment, I prefer to purchase through the company’s official website as opposed to Amazon, just because I feel more at ease knowing that I’m going to get a solid warranty and customer support going through them directly, just in case something were to go wrong.
Often times, I notice you get extra perks from the company for being a loyal customer that you can’t get from Amazon. For instance, you can only pay for these in 4 no interest installments using Bose pay at their website Bose.com.
Are They Worth It? Absolutely!
I truly think they are worth it, even though at first I was hesitant to keep them. But as I mentioned above, that hesitation had to do with me unfairly comparing them to earbuds. If you want great quality headphones, you can read my review on Bose Soundsport earbuds right here.
As you might be able to tell, I’m in love with Bose. I don’t know another company that really understands the spectrum of sound like this company does. Their engineers continue to create products that are absolutely mind blowing when it comes to sound. After I made my earbuds purchase, I decided to not stray from this company ever again.
Thank you for reading. I hope this Bose audio sunglasses review was helpful. I use them daily, so everything I wrote here was based on my current personal experience with them. I hope the information above was helpful and it answered anything you may have asked regarding Bose frames.
If you have any questions or comments regarding these sunglasses at all that maybe I didn’t fully explain, just let me know in the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to help you. Thanks so much!